“True Blood” hottie Ryan Kwanten is known for his buff bod and athletic lifestyle, but who would have thought the 33-year-old actor would seek fitness after drunk fests? In a recent interview, Kwanten spilled his secrets and says he doesn’t hesitate to workout after binge drinking or race tipsy at triathlons.
RYAN: I DO BETTER WHEN I DRINK
“I’ve been known to turn up drunk at triathlons and do very well,” says the Aussie star, who plays ‘Jason Stackhouse’ on HBO’s hit series ‘True Blood’.
Kwanten is featured on the November cover of Men’s Health magazine and was plucked from the crowd for his competitive sports skills and active lifestyle. Amid running, hiking, yoga and boxing, the young gun also does sand running for high-intensity resistance over typical road racing.
WORK-OUT-AHOLIC: IS IT IN HIS DNA?
Kwanten says he can’t keep away from sports – No matter what condition he’s in. Earlier this year, Ryan spilled to sister magazine Women’s Health and confessed he’s “somewhat a masochist at heart”.
“IF I WANT A BEER, I’LL HAVE A BEER”
“I like to sweat. I come from a very competitive sporting background—my dad was a world-champion sufer,” he added. “So it’s always been a part of my DNA. I do a lot of soft-sand running, hiking, yoga, and boxing, and I compete in triathlons. But I don’t have a strict diet. If I want a beer, I’ll have a beer, and I’ve always been a chocoholic.”
NEARLY 30 PERCENT OF FITNESS FREAKS WORKOUT DRUNK
When FitSugar.com polled the crowd for alcohol-induced athletes, 70 percent of those asked said nay to booze at the gym but the remaining folks admitted to being “teetotalers on the treadmill”. Experts at Columbia University don’t advise it.
EXPERTS: ALCOHOL AND EXERCISING A DANGEROUS MIX
“Many people think alcohol is a stimulant because it makes them lively and uninhibited at first — but it does this by sedating inhibitory nerves,” writes the university’s advice column for students. “Reasoning and judgment are impaired first, followed by effects on speech, vision, and large muscle control. This impairment of your coordination and motor skills can make drinking alcohol and exercising a dangerous duo.”
Adds GoAskAlice.com, “Finally, you need energy to work out, but the calories from alcohol are unique in that they cannot be stored for energy in the muscles….[and] cannot contract properly without certain valuable electrolytes, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium – Minerals which are lost along with fluids that you pee out because of alcohol’s diuretic effect.”